Today, 25,000 girls as young as 8 years old will become child brides.
Tens of millions of women and girls around the world have lost their dignity, independence and lives due to child marriage.
When young girls are forced into marriage, they are more likely to suffer from abuse, disease and abandonment. UNICEF estimates that 60 million girls in developing countries now aged 20-24 were married before the age of 18. If current trends continue, this number will increase by 100 million over the next decade.
If we make a stand, we can bring an end to the practice of child marriage by increasing access to education and life skills training for girls; supporting youth groups that raise awareness about children’s rights; and working with local partners to change social norms and promote community understanding about the harmful impacts of early marriage.
Take a stand now on behalf of the 25,000 girls who will marry too early today -- and show the world that each and every one of these girls deserves the right to her childhood.